When you think of people who write computer code, you probably wouldn’t correlate them with the rough-and-tumble women of the roller derby world.

But they may all be rubbing elbows at the Forward Festival that kicks off Thursday and runs for eight days.

Forward Fest calls itself “Wisconsin’s largest technology and entrepreneurship festival.” Sessions will be held on topics that range from tips for starting a business and creating software for nonprofits to ways that roller derby prepares skaters for entrepreneurship.

Several pitch competitions will give entrepreneurs a chance to sing the praises of their startups and vie for prizes, and throughout the eight days, plenty of social gatherings will lubricate networking activities. Read the full story here.